From the Record Shelves #228


LP Good Time Jazz GTJ L-12008

While listening to this LP, I read on the cover where there is an interesting recipe for “creole crayfish bisque”, and I think I will have to try that one day.

Kid Ory, the great veteran of New Orleans jazz, had different versions of his band, but the music essentially stayed the same. Although they made some tours nationwide and to Europe, their recordings were primarily made near their residence on the west coast, as here in Hollywood. The result is a very well-documented and well-recorded outfit. This record seems to have been made with one microphone in front of the band, which consisted of, beside Ory on trombone, Alvin Alcorn on trumpet, George Probert on clarinet, Don Ewell on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Ed Garland on bass and Minor Hall on drums. The recording dates are November 30th until December 2nd, 1954.

Copenhagen is a typical studio performance, with a bit brutal treatment, but romping, swinging jazz that supplies rhythm to your body, puts you in a good mood, and makes life somewhat easier.